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Miami Heat's LeBron James , pictured center, drives against Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, left, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, right, during Game 4 in the first-round of their playoff series on April 28. James led the way during the Heat’s sweep of the Bucks, averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists through the four game series.
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James, pictured left, elevates for a layup over Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, right. James was the star of the clinching Game 4, scoring 30 points on 13-20 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 41 minutes.
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James attempts to leap over Bucks' guard Monta Ellis en route to the basket. Though James has been lights out through two playoff series thus far this postseason, perhaps the most surprising stat is his block total of 2 through 9 games after registering 67 during the regular season.
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James, pictured right, goes after a rebound against Chicago Bulls forwards Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer, left, during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals May 13. Though he only shot 9-20 from the floor, James still managed to score 27 points in a lopsided win.
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James, pictured left, winds for a dunk against Bulls’ guard Kirk Hinrich, right, on April 14. After surprisingly dropping Game 1 to the Bulls, the Heat, anchored by James’ 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists per game, rattled off four straight wins, all in dominant fashion by an average of 18 points.
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James heads to the basket to finish a slam dunk against the Bucks on April 21. Though James’ 2012-13 scoring totals (24.0) are down from his postseason career average (28.2), his game has evolved in other areas, including three-point shooting (.321), free-throw shooting (.768) and assists (7.3).
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Since he brought his talents to South Beach following the 2009-2010 season, James has upped his game statistically. With the Heat, he has registered career high postseason averages in free-throw percentage (.763), rebounds (9.7) and steals (1.9).
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During the 2012 -13 regular season, James led the Heat to a 27-game winning streak, the second longest in league history, second to only to the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ winning streak of 33. Miami finished the season with a franchise- and league-best 66-16 record.
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James’ 2012-13 season was one for the history books. Not only did he become the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points at 28 years, 17 days, he also became the first player in league history to score at least 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games. He finished the month of February by making 139 of 217 field goals, becoming the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in March 1983 to take more than 200 shots in a calendar month and make at least 64 percent of them.
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James, pictured left, and Kia Motors' Percy Vaughn, right, pose for photos during a news conference on May 5 in Miami. James won his fourth Most Valuable Player award after averaging 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He received 120 out of 121 first-place votes, one shy of becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. He previously won the award in 2009, 2010 and 2012.